Formula 1 2021 On TV: How To Watch All This Years Grands Prix

As yet another triple header comes to a close with the upcoming Italian grand prix at Monza, Formula 1's 2021 season is giving us one of the most thrilling title battles in years.

Over the past year, u">>Sir Lewis Hamilton has equalled and broken records to cement his status as one of the greatest athletes of all time – as well as making steps to address racial inequality within the sport via the u">>Hamilton Commission and, more recently, the u">>Mission 44 foundation.

But Lewis' quest to break another record and claim an eighth world drivers' title won't be straightforward, with Red Bull and Max Verstappen challenging every step of the way. After his home win at the Dutch grand prix, Max tops the drivers' standings once again – but the title race is still too close to call, with form and luck playing their part in both drivers' and teams' fortunes just when you think it's starting to become clear.

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The F1 2022 driver market is also gathering pace, with news that Kimi Raikkonen will retire from the sport at the end of the season creating a vacancy at Alfa Romeo. He'll be replaced in 2022 by Valtteri Bottas, who moves after five seasons at Mercedes.

And the worst-kept secret in Formula 1 for quite some time is finally out – after getting a taste of the Mercedes car late last year, George Russell will join the team full-time in 2022. In a lengthy u">>Instagram post, George described his three seasons with Williams as "an honour" and reaffirmed his commitment to them through to the end of the year.

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"I've loved every moment in what I'd describe as a true heart and soul racing team, and I'll be pushing harder than ever to make sure we end our story in the best possible way," he wrote.

George added that he feels "excited and humbled" to move to his new team, and praised Valtteri's "high bar" and track record at Mercedes over the past 5 years. He also shared his excitement at working alongside Lewis, who he's looked up to "since go karts" and said that "​​in my opinion, [he's] the greatest driver of all time".

"The opportunity to learn from someone who has become a role model both on and off track can only benefit me as a driver, a professional, and a human being," George added.

But that's not all for the Formula 1 lineup changes – George's good friend Alex Albon, currently Red Bull's reserve driver, will make a return to the grid with Williams next year. After a challenging 2020 season at Red Bull, Alex has been credited repeatedly by team boss Christian Horner for his development and sim work in this tight title battle, while keeping his racing skills sharp in DTM.

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"I can’t tell you how good it feels to say... I'm joining @williamsracing for 2022!!" Alex wrote, thanking his soon-to-be boss Jost Capito and the Red Bull leadership, as well as his family, friends and fans.

"It is an absolute honour to be joining a team with a rich and legendary history and it's been very impressive to see how the team has progressed at such a fast pace," he added.

Alpha Tauri's now confirmed that Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda will stay for 2022 – but is Antonio Giovinazzi's seat safe for another year? Could new Formula E champion Nyck de Vries make the move over to F1? Or might there be an opportunity for one of the Alpine Academy's two title hopefuls, Guanyu Zhou and Oscar Piastri?

Here's how you can keep on top of all the action.

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F1 2021: How to watch every race in the UK

Sky Sports is airing every single Formula 1 grand prix live and without ad breaks in the UK, as it has done since the 2013 season. Sky also broadcasts live coverage from two FIA feeder series, Formula 2 and Formula 3, as well as select other support races.

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Sky Sports F1 features a rotating team of presenters, analysts and commentators including ex-F1 drivers Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Karun Chandhok, Paul Di Resta, Anthony Davidson and Johnny Herbert.

David Croft is Sky Sports F1's lead commentator, with Brundle alongside him most weekends. Simon Lazenby, Rachel Brookes and Natalie Pinkham remain a regular part of proceedings too, along with the one and only Ted Kravitz (and Ted's Notebook, an often unpredictable, stream-of-consciousness paddock stroll which has to be seen to be believed).

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Looking forward to more cross-bubble avoidance this weekend. Coverage starts Thursday 5pm, 1st practice Friday 11am #SkyF1

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Sky Sports F1 currently u">>costs £18/month as an add-on to existing Sky packages, with a 31-day rolling contract – so if you add it prior to a triple-header, for example, you're going to get pretty good value. Plus you'll get comprehensive IndyCar coverage too – more on that below.

New customers can get Sky Sports and the Sky Signature TV package together on an 18-month contract for £43 per month. (Note if you're new to Sky, you will need to take the Sky Signature package before you can add on other channels or bundles.)

Additionally, new customers can u">>take up Sky TV and Netflix for an 18-month term, starting at £25 per month (excluding setup fees), which could be an appealing option. Then, if you like, you can add on extras such as Sports, Cinema or Kids channels.

There's also a £20 setup fee for new and existing customers (or £49 if you're an existing Sky customer who hasn't yet made the leap to Sky Q). More at the bottom of u">>the Sky Sports landing page.

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Another option comes in the form of NOW's Sky Sports membership, which you can use to watch Sky's coverage of sports including u">>Premier League football, golf, cricket (including u">>The Hundred) and rugby, as well as the Formula 1.

There are a couple of options available, depending on how you want to watch and for how long – and keep your eye out for special offers from time to time, too:

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What's more, NOW's Entertainment membership also gives you access to loads of channels and on-demand boxsets, including motorsport documentaries like Sky and Formula 1's joint commemoration of the sport's 70th anniversary, Race to Perfection.

F1 2021: How to watch grand prix highlights

Channel 4 presents race highlights from every Formula 1 weekend for free, u">>produced by Whisper, the company co-founded by the BBC's former F1 anchor Jake Humphrey, former F1 driver David Coulthard and BAFTA-winning exec Sunil Patel.

C4 also has live free-to-air coverage of the British grand prix every year, and is the home of the all-women u">>W Series, a free-to-enter championship which is an official support series to Formula 1 for the first time this year (with Alice Powell and Williams development driver Jamie Chadwick currently tied at the top of the standings).

Anchored by Steve Jones, Channel 4's regular F1 team also includes Coulthard, Mark Webber, Billy Monger, Lawrence Barretto and Lee McKenzie. Commentary is led by Alex Jacques, after Ben Edwards' decision to step down at the end of 2020.

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If you're in the UK and you missed out on Channel 4's grand prix highlights and can't or don't want to take Sky, you can also catch up on its All4 streaming service. u">>W Series highlights are also available on All4, too.

F1 2021 calendar – plus sprint qualifying latest

Since the last lot of schedule changes which included the cancellation of the Japanese grand prix, there have been comprehensive revisions to the Formula 1 calendar for the remainder of 2021. Turkey, Mexico and Brazil have all changed dates with hopes of facilitating a 22-race season.

Question marks still remain over some of the remaining events, mainly due to quarantine requirements and how they affect F1's delicate logistics in such a tightly-packed schedule.

One of the latest rumours is that Circuit of the Americas in Texas is on standby to host a second grand prix weekend. However, with the COVID-19 situation also changing in the US (as well as elsewhere) lately, that speculation comes with a considerable caveat. Meanwhile, Qatar has been rumoured for the mid-November 'TBC' slot which was at one point intended to be the Australian grand prix weekend.

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One other thing that we do know is going ahead is u">>sprint qualifying, or F1 Sprint as it's now being called, after the first trial at the British grand prix. (It isn't unusual for F1 bosses to shake up quali – anyone remember the deeply unpopular and short-lived u">>'elimination qualifying' experiment in 2016?)

Sprint quali races last between 25 and 30 minutes, with no mandatory pit stops or tyre changes. There are points on offer for the top three finishers, too, which could be very important in a season like this.

The Italian grand prix at Monza u">>will host the next F1 Sprint weekend. The third circuit to trial the format will be officially confirmed later in the season, although it's rumoured to be Interlagos.

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And here's the remainder of the 2021 F1 calendar as it currently stands:

September 10-12: Italian grand prix (F1 Sprint weekend)

September 24-26: Russian grand prix

October 8-10: Turkish grand prix (moved back one week)

October 22-24: United States grand prix

November 5-7: Mexico City grand prix (moved back one week)

November 12-14: Sao Paulo grand prix (moved back one week)

November 19-21: TBC

December 3-5: Saudi Arabian grand prix

December 10-12: Abu Dhabi grand prix

IndyCar 2021 on UK TV: Watch Romain Grosjean's post-F1 adventure

Following a lengthy Formula 1 career, Romain Grosjean left the sport in dramatic fashion last December, after his miraculous escape from an extremely serious crash and fire that made headlines around the world.

Following surgery to treat the burns on his hands, Romain continues to make good progress as he gets stuck into IndyCar – and seems to be thoroughly enjoying his time in the US. He's now achieved his second series podium, a P2 at the Indianapolis road course, and got to celebrate it with his wife Marion and their three children, too.

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Romain originally decided to just drive road and street courses in IndyCar this year, but placed 14th in his oval course debut at the 2.01km Gateway Motorsports Park on August 21, after u">>a successful test at the same venue in July with his family watching.

"We had a fast car, and we learned a lot," he told Indystar after the race. "I made a couple of mistakes on cold tires and got into the marbles, but I was able to save it, and I managed some good passes."

Following his impressive debut season so far, there's talk that Romain could be moving to the famed Andretti Autosport team for 2022.

You'll be able to see Romain and a number of other ex-F1 stars (double Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, Sébastien Bourdais, Alexander Rossi, Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson to name just a few) as the IndyCar series is airing u">>live on Sky Sports F1 this season (we even get commentary through the ad breaks). And 2020 Formula 2 vice-champion Callum Ilott is going to make his IndyCar debut in Portland.

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And like Formula 1, IndyCar has a new group of rising young stars including Andretti's Colton Herta (the youngest ever IndyCar race winner), Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O'Ward (currently leading the drivers' standings), Chip Ganassi Racing's Álex Palou, and Ed Carpenter Racing's Rinus VeeKay. But don't underestimate six-time title winner Scott Dixon, who's still in with a shout this year...

The COVID-19 situation pending, the IndyCar season will wrap up this month with another triple-header, which concludes with the Long Beach meeting from September 24-26.

If you're in the US, then NBC is the rights holder for IndyCar, including the showpiece Indianapolis 500. All the races, along with selected pre-race sessions, will be broadcast on either NBC or NBCSN, and u">>Peacock Premium is the official streaming home for all things IndyCar in the States.

The network has also just extended its agreement in a multi-year deal. 13 races will air on NBC in 2022, with the remainder spread across USA Network and Peacock (which will also stream every race, qualifying, practice and the support series Indy Lights).

Schumacher: Where can I watch the new documentary?

To mark 30 years since his Formula 1 debut, Netflix will premiere a new documentary about Michael Schumacher, simply titled Schumacher, on

Wednesday, September 15. Michael's long-time manager and friend Sabine Kehm has described the film as "the family's gift to their beloved husband and father".

Made with the consent and cooperation of Michael's nearest and dearest, Schumacher will feature interviews with the seven-time F1 drivers' champion's racing rivals Mika Häkkinen and Damon Hill, Michael's children, equestrian Gina Schumacher and Haas F1 driver Mick Schumacher, and his brother Ralf, who raced alongside him for a period in Formula 1.

Filmmaker Vanessa Nocker explained that support from Michael's wife Corinna was crucial to making the documentary, saying: "She herself wanted to make an authentic film, to show Michael as he is, with all his ups and downs, without any sugarcoating.

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"She was great and brave enough to let us do what we wanted, and so we respected and kept her boundaries. A very inspiring, warm woman who made a lasting impression on all of us."

Michael raced in Formula 1 between 1992 and 2006, setting numerous records during that time. He returned for a further three-season stint between 2010 and 2012. Despite his global fame during his time in F1, Michael and the family were extremely private away from the track.

Sadly, Michael was seriously injured in a skiing accident in late 2013. His rehabilitation has taken place at home since September 2014, and official updates on his condition have been minimal, in an effort to maintain his privacy and that of the family.

Formula 1 Drive to Survive: What's the latest on season 4?

Formula 1: Drive to Survive season 4 is currently filming, as you can see from this photo of Valtteri Bottas (whose episode was one of the standouts of season 3) getting mic-ed up for an interview with Netflix.

It's now been confirmed that the show, which u">>won a BAFTA TV Craft Award earlier this year, will return in early 2022 (we'd expect as a curtain-raiser to the new F1 season).

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Netflix: Drive to Survive, Season 4 starts here. 📽️

— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) March 27, 2021

F1's owners Liberty Media have credited Drive to Survive with bringing new, younger audiences to the sport.

However, it's also been criticised for curious storylines and editing choices – although Zak Brown seemed to be quite open-minded about how that season 3 episode focusing on McLaren overlooked Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris's friendly rivalry in favour of portraying a sense of conflict (an editing decision which upset some viewers).

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Praising their "great" relationship, Zak said he knew there wasn't "the kind of a tension portrayed" between the two drivers.

"Any time you get into a television show, they're going to create some entertainment that we all within the paddock know, maybe it wasn't quite like that," he added.

"But I think that's okay, and I think what's most important is it has done some wonderful things to bring in new fans around the world. So we're very supportive of Netflix and what they're trying to accomplish, even if they take a little bit of creative licence here and there."

Formula 1 streaming service: Is F1TV available in the UK yet?

u">>F1 TV Pro – now available in over 85 territories and six languages – boasts live coverage of races, along with full replays as soon as the race ends, on-board driver cameras, a pitlane feed, data channels including live timing and driver tracker maps, plus "full unedited team radio", for all your sweary racing driver needs. You can also watch Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup coverage.

There's also u">>a "less expensive, non-live subscription tier" called F1 TV Access available in a further 33 countries, which provides live timing and audio commentary, plus on-demand highlights, content from the Formula 1 archives and selected short films.

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That growing archive includes past grands prix and highlights packages, season reviews going back to the 1970s, plus documentaries about drivers, teams and the sport's tech.

Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available in countries that carry the service. But because Sky has exclusive live rights to the sport in the UK, F1 TV Pro isn't yet available in the UK, and it's looking highly unlikely that this will change until the rights are next up for renegotiation – the current agreement runs until 2024.

If you're in the US, you can sign up for F1TV Pro for $79.99 per year, or $9.99 per month.

A note on the F1 TV website u">>says: "Over time we will be looking to increase the number of countries where F1 TV is available and to also provide an ever-increasing amount of live video content along with historical races from our archive."

Formula 1's service revamp in 2021 included upgraded apps for iOS, Android, Amazon and Roku devices, as well as Chromecast and AirPlay support. And there's more, as F1 TV has confirmed that apps "for Apple TV, Android TV devices and Amazon Fire TV are currently in development and will also be launched later this year".

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